following translation was performed free of charge to protest an
injustice: the destruction by the ADL of Ariel Toaff’s Blood
Passover on Jewish ritual murder. The author is the son of the Chief
Rabbi of Rome, and a professor of Jewish Renaissance and Medieval
History at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, just outside Tel Aviv.
Toaff is uniquely qualified to write this book, being thoroughly
familiar with the derivative literature in English, French, German
and Italian, as well as the original documentary sources in Latin,
Medieval Italian, Hebrew and Yiddish. This is not something he worked
on in secret. On the contrary, he worked on it openly with his
university students and colleagues in Israel for several years; one
of his students was even going to publish a paper on the subject. The
author is extremely careful about what he says, and his conclusions
must be taken seriously. It reads like a detective story.
it had been published in Israel, in Hebrew, no one would have cared.
There are large bodies of literature in Hebrew that Jews do not wish
Gentiles to know about. But Dr. Toaff’s announcement of its
publication in Italy, in Italian, raised a worldwide firestorm of
fury. Under unbearable pressure, the book was withdrawn from
in out of the darkness, and strike a blow for the light.
Marco LUCCHESE and Pietro GIANETTI.
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